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Granting Agencies for the Sciences

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American Association of University Women:
The AAUW Educational Foundation, the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
American Chemical Society: The organization provides a broad range of opportunities for peer interaction and career development, regardless of professional or scientific interests. Darla McCarthy, Ron Blankespoor, Karen & Mark Muyskens, Kumar Sinniah
Association of American Geographers: Grants and awards supporting doctoral dissertation, writing, and research in the field of geography. Other sponsors which fund projects outside of geography: East-West Center Visiting Fellowships and National Geographic Society- Committee for Research and Exploration Awards
AT&T Foundation: invests globally in projects that are at the intersection of community needs and AT&T's business interests. Emphasis is placed on programs that serve the needs of people in communities where AT&T has a significant business presence, initiatives that use technology in innovative ways, and programs in which AT&T employees are actively involved as contributors or volunteers.
Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College: The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, a multidisciplinary residential research center, offers fellowships for women scholars, scientists, artists, and writers.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation established to advance the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.
Campus Compact: Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 740 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. Steve Timmermans, Gail Zandee, Peggy Bendroth
CCCU Initiative Grants to Network Christian Scholars. The purpose of this program is to enable small groups of Christian scholars to network in ways that will lead to individual and collaborative scholarship on focused themes of keen interest to the larger academy. Any discipline is encouraged to submit a proposal which demonstrates potential for Christian perspectives on the theme to make an important contribution to conversations in the academy.
Coca-Cola Foundation: Their mission is to improve the quality of life in the community and to enhance individual opportunity through education. They support educational programs primarily within three main areas: higher education, classroom teaching and learning, and international education.
Arthur Vining Davis Foundation: Programs include Private Higher Education, Secondary Education, Religion (Graduate Theological Education), Health Care (Caring Attitudes), and Public Television. Lois Konyndyk

Department of Education (US):

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): FIPSE's mandate is to "improve postsecondary educational opportunities" across a broad range of concerns. Steve Vander Leest, Lois Konyndyk

Department of Education (State of Michigan):

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics & Science: ENC's mission is to identify effective curriculum resources, create high-quality professional development materials, and disseminate useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning.

Department of Career Development (Michigan)

4-S Program: The Select Student Support Services (4-S) Program is a competitive grant program that supports universities in the development and institutionalization of innovative retention programs for academically and economically disadvantaged students. Jacque Rhodes, Steve Timmermans, Karen Hollebeek, Jane Hendriksma

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation: for chemistry, chemical engineering & biochemistry

Faculty Start-Up Grants
Scholar/Fellow Program Roger DeKock, Ron Blankespoor, Kumar Sinniah

Earhart Foundation Fellowship Research Grants are awarded, upon direct application, to individuals who have established themselves professionally.
Environmental Protection Agency: Grants and fellowship information
Fetzer Institute: The Fetzer Institute is a nonprofit private operating foundation that supports research, education, and service programs exploring the integral relationships among body, mind, and spirit. Our current program focus includes the areas of science, leadership, integral practice, and philanthropy.

Fulbright: Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Dave Van Baak, Joel Adams

Traditional Program
The Occasional Lecturer Program
Student Awards

Helene Fuld Health Trust: The Helene Fuld Health Trust is the nation's largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education. Cheryl Feenstra
German Academic Service (DAAD): The activities of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)—today one of the world's largest and most respected intermediary organizations in its field—illustrate the terms of reference within which academic exchange and international cooperation in science and art progress as part of the essential creative forces of the modern world. Their development is determined by individuals and their study and research projects, by the scientific community, and by the expectations and views of society, as well as and also by what is technically possible, coupled with economic interests and political goals. Lambert Zuidervaart
Wm T Grant Foundation: The goal of the William T. Grant Foundation is to create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. The Foundation supports basic and applied research on youth development, program evaluations, policy analyses, research sysntheses, and communications research. Priority areas for research are youth development; programs, policies, and institutions affecting young people; and adults' attitudes about and perceptions of young people, focusing on young people age 8 - 25.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation: The charitable goals of the two Foundations are essentially the same, and reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst -- Education, Health, Social Service and Culture. Within these four areas, the Foundations assist institutions in providing opportunities to underserved and underrepresented populations. Lois Konyndyk
Herrick Foundation Lois Konyndyk, Engineering Dept.
American Honda Foundation: Funding programs related to youth and scientific education
Howard Hughes Medical Institute: The Institute's grants program is helping to enhance science education for students at all levels, from the earliest grades through advanced training. By invitation only. David DeHeer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: concentrated grantmaking in four areas: to ensure that all Americans have access to basic health care at reasonable cost; to improve care and support for people with chronic health conditions; to promote healthy communities and lifestyles; and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse—tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
SC Johnson Fund Biology and Chemisty Depts.
Wm. F. Keck Foundation: The Keck Foundation's priorities are science, engineering, and medical research; secondary interests include liberal arts and, in Southern California, community services, healthcare, pre-collegiate education, and the arts. Lois Konyndyk
W. K. Kellogg Foundation: A non-profit that focuses on improving communities' quality of life in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southern Africa through the practical application of knowledge and resources. Funding is focused toward food systems and rural development; youth and education and higher education; and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these focal areas, funding is also provided for leadership; information systems/ technology; efforts to capitalize on diversity; and family, neighborhood, and community development programming. Steve Timmermans
Kresge Foundation: The Kresge Foundation Science Initiative is a challenge grant program to upgrade and endow scientific instrumentation and laboratories in colleges and universities, teaching hospitals, medical schools, and research institutions. Lois Konyndyk
Land Conservancy of West Michigan Randy Van Dragt
Library of Congress offers Kluge Center Fellowships for Humanistic and Social Science Research. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanisitic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multilingual research is particularly welcome. Further information about the Library's collections can be found at the Library's web site)
Clare Booth Luce Fund: The Clare Boothe Luce Program promotes the advancement of American women through higher education in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.
Maclellan Foundation: The purpose of the Maclellan Foundation is to serve strategic international and national organizations committed to furthering the Kingdom of Christ and select local organizations that foster the spiritual welfare of the community.
Ronald McDonald House Children's Charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities provides comfort and care to children and their families by supporting Ronald McDonald Houses in communities around the world and by making grants to other not-for-profit organizations whose programs help children in need. Lois Konyndyk
Medtronic Foundation: Focus areas: education, health, and community. Priority is given to programs that benefit people who are socio-economically disadvantaged. Provides community grants for programs benefiting Medtronic communities: Minneapolis, MN; Anaheim, CA; Danvers, MA; Parker, CO; Humacao, Puerto Rico; Grand Rapids, MI; Tempe, AZ; Irvine, CA; Milaca, MN; San Diego, CA; Villalba, Puerto Rico Gary Schmidt, David DeHeer, Lois Konyndyk
Andrew Mellon Foundation: Makes grants to institutions in higher education, in cultural affairs and the performing arts, in population, in conservation and the environment, and in public affairs.
Merck: An unrelenting focus on breakthrough science has helped Merck researchers bring many important medicines to market. Research is the foundation of Merck's success and the heart of its overall strategy. Its research is conducted in a broad range of therapeutic categories.
Michigan Campus Compact: Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Michigan Sea Grant: Michigan Sea Grant sponsors a competitive funding program open to researchers at all Michigan universities and colleges, supporting investigation of Great Lakes aquatic resources. These researchers employ biological, engineering, and social disciplines to address Great Lakes problems such as maintaining healthy fisheries, alleviating the impacts of coastal erosion, and developing safe and ecologically sound marine engineering technologies.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation affirms its founder's vision that each of us "is in a partnership with the rest of the human race"—that each individual's quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally. The C.S. Mott Foundation's program areas are Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area, and Pathways Out of Poverty. In addition to these four programs, they also fund Exploratory and Special Projects that may lead to a program area over time, or unexpected opportunities that address significant international and/or national problems.

National Institutes of Health: (home page) There are 21 Institutes and Centers within the NIH. By law each must be funded, and each is committed to certain domains of medical science (e.g., cancer, heart disease, aging, mental health). John Ubels

AREA grants: AREA grants support individual research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty, and involving their undergraduate students, who are located in health professional schools and other academic components that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds.

National Research Council: The National Research Council has become the principal operating agency of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The National Research Council is administered jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine.
National Science Foundation: (home pageOpportunities for research and education funding in all areas of science and engineering. David DeHeer, James Turner, Gerard Venema, Joel Adams, Kumar Sinniah, Mike Stob, James Turner, Matt Walhout, Paul Moes
Programs of interest: REU SBE
Office of Naval Research: Search under "funding" for current programs. Keith Vander Linden, Rich DeJong
David & Lucile Packard Foundation: The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following broad program areas: conservation; population; science; children, families, and communities; arts; and organizational effectiveness and philanthropy. The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California Counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.
Pew Charitable Trusts: The Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion. Based in Philadelphia, the Trusts make strategic investments that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change. Susan Felch, Steve Evans, Lois Konyndyk, David Hoekema
Pfizer, Inc: Pfizer, Inc. is a research-based, global pharmaceutical company. Its mission is to discover and develop innovative health care products that lead to healthier and more productive lives. Wayne Wentzheimer, Jennifer Van Antwerp, Jeremy Van Antwerp, Lois Konyndyk
Public Welfare Foundation: The Public Welfare Foundation is a non-governmental grant-making organization dedicated to supporting organizations that provide services to disadvantaged populations and work for lasting improvements in the delivery of services that meet basic human needs.
Research Corporation: Supports research in physics, chemistry, and astonomy at US and Canadian colleges and universities. The foundation makes between 200 and 300 awards annually under programs that encourage beginning faculty members, original ideas, and the involvement of students in scientific investigation. Darla McCarthy, Eric Arnoys, Debra Haarsma, Kumar Sinniah, Larry Molnar
Rotary Foundation: The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. Evert VanDerHeide
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation:The Foundation's programs and interests fall into the following areas: Science and Technology, Standard of Living and Economic Performance, Education and Careers in Science and Technology and Selected National Issues and Civic Program
Smithsonian Institution
Spencer Foundation: The foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.
Starr Foundation: The Starr Foundation funds programs in a wide range including culture, public policy, human needs, medicine and healthcare, and education.
Surdna Foundation: The Foundation has four program areas for primary attention: biological diversity and the human communities that depend on it, human systems, transportation and urban/suburban land use, and energy.
Towsley Foundation: While the Foundation's initial goals were typical of general family foundations, its mission later became focused on programs promoting education, health care, shelter, and nutrition for children. As its assets grew, its areas of concentration expanded into college and university education, medical education, planned parenthood, and interdisciplinary programs with the schools of law and social work. Lois Konyndyk
US Department of Agriculture (USDA): USDA Mission: Enhance the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture: ensuring a safe, affordable, nutritious, and accessible food supply caring for agricultural, forest, and range lands supporting sound development of rural communities providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world.


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